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Grants to USA Local, State, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies to Investigate and Prosecute Unsolved Homicides

Emmett Till Cold Case Investigations and Prosecution Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.031
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171639
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/31/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 06/06/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories local, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute unsolved homicides. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to bring justice and reconciliation to victims of cold case murders suspected to have been racially motivated or associated with civil rights violations and to bring support to families impacted by these crimes.

With this solicitation, BJA seeks to support state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution agencies, working with their partners, to investigate and prosecute unsolved cold case homicides suspected to have been racially motivated or otherwise associated with civil rights violations. This includes support for victims’ families and stakeholder communities impacted by these cases. Funds are limited to address incidents that resulted in death that occurred no later than December 31, 1979.

An applicant should address the objectives that are relevant to their proposed program/project in the Goals, Objectives, Deliverables, and Timeline web-based form.

  • Enhance the capacity of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors and their partners to identify, investigate, and prosecute these cases.
  • Enhance collaboration between federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecution agencies in their investigation and prosecution of unsolved civil rights cold case murders.
  • Increase the number of state, local, and tribal investigations and prosecutions of civil rights cold case murders.
  • Bring justice, reconciliation, and support to families and stakeholders impacted by these murders, thereby building trust.
  • Translate this learning through information sharing, training, and tools to assist the field to identify, investigate, and prosecute additional cases as well as support victims’ families, stakeholders, and entire communities.



  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, including prosecutors’ offices.

For the purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

An applicant entity may submit more than one application, if each application proposes a different project in response to the solicitation. Also, an entity may be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

In addition to the unallowable costs identified in the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, award funds may not be used for the following:
- Prizes, rewards, entertainment, trinkets, or any other monetary incentives
- Client stipends
- Gift cards
- Purchase vehicles
- Food and beverages

Pre-Proposal Conference
BJA will hold a solicitation webinar on March 29, 2023 at 1:00 PM ET. This call will provide a detailed overview of the solicitation and allow an opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions. Preregistration is required for all participants.


Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by May 31, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by June 6, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

To use the time most efficiently, BJA encourages participants to review the solicitation and submit any questions they may have in advance and no later than March 27, 2023.

Before submitting an application, all applicants must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration and renewal can take up to 10 business days to complete.

Applications must be submitted to DOJ electronically through a two-step process via and JustGrants:
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF-424) and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in Submit the SF-424 and SF-LLL as early as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the deadline. If an applicant fails to submit in, they will be unable to apply in JustGrants.
- Step 2: The applicant must submit the full application, including attachments, in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

While a match is not required, it is encouraged and will be considered as part of the application.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $750,000

Term of Contract
Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/23
Period of Performance Duration: 36 months

Contact Information
Submit pre-webinar questions to

For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center at 800-851-3420, 301-240-6310 (TTY for hearing-impaired callers only), or

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and a SF-LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, Customer Support, or

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in JustGrants, contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or

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